when buying Macbook, hard disk from Apple or Newegg

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  1. rightlyso macrumors member

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    When buying a Macbook, should I buy upgrade hard disk at the Apple Store or buy my own from a place like New Egg and install it?
     
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  4. rightlyso thread starter macrumors member

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    The salesperson at the Apple Store told me the Apple Upgrade is cheaper than buying it on my own.

    Being a little skeptical, I shopped around and in about 5 minutes found a nice 320Gig for under $100.

    Apple charges $150 to upgrade from 120 Gig to 250 Gig.

    I figure I can buy the 120 now and wait a year until a 500 Gig is available for under $100, and put the 120 in an external enclosure.
     
  5. jroller macrumors regular

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    Does this void your warranty or does Apple endorse this as a user-upgradeable part in the MacBook line?
     
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    no, it doesn't void your warranty. I imagine if you screwed something up in the process you might run into some issues, but it's such a simple upgrade that it's unlikely you'd run into trouble- though I suppose it's possible.
     
  8. rightlyso thread starter macrumors member

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    I asked the lady at the Apple and she said it does not void the warranty. However, in order to repair it they would take out the third party memory chips and install Apple memory. I don't know whether they'd do that for the hard disk as well.
     
  9. rightlyso thread starter macrumors member

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    what brand does Apple use?

    What brand of hard disk does Apple use?
     
  10. bobbleheadbob macrumors 6502a

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    NewEgg is going to be less expensive than Apple. My understanding is that upgrading either your RAM or your HDD doesn't void your warranty.

    I've also had good luck buying from OWC. I've upgraded two MBPs w/ HDDs I bought there without any problems. Here's a link to their current upgrade options for the MB:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/MacBook/DDR2/


    Whichever you choose, good luck with your new MB!
     
  11. jroller macrumors regular

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    Cool... thanks.
     
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    ^ all Intel Mac laptops have SATA drives.

    I'd buy one from NewEgg after the fact, along with an external enclosure. That way you'll get the larger internal, and have the external for extra movies and stuff.
     
  14. rightlyso thread starter macrumors member

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    What features do you look for in an enclosure? How do you make the external disk accessable by a Windows PC?
     
  15. mchank macrumors regular

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    I'd look for a firewire enclosure, although they're a bit harder to find compared to a usb enclosure for 2.5 inch drives. If you go for a USB enclosure, I highly recommended IcyDock enclosures: great quality. If you want it to be accessible to both Mac and Windows, format it in FAT32; you can do this with Disk Utility.
     
  16. 204467 macrumors 6502a

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    Except the MacBook Air. Doesn't that have a PATA drive in it?
     
  17. themanfromvlad macrumors 6502

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    Correct, MBA is PATA.
     
  18. pinktank macrumors 6502

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    buy from newegg and buy a 2.5 enclousre from there as well
     
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